What if?

Don’t worry about a thing

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:25-34 ESVUK

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This is a story of two songs.

The first Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds, says, “Don’t worry about a thing, ‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright.”

The second is the song, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God,” by Karen Lafferty. Back in my days of worship leading this was used a lot, it was easy to pick up, the tune has similarities with Streets of London, but I found that it was often misunderstood. Taking one verse from the Bible and singing it without context can cause problems, in the case of Seek Ye First many had no idea what the these things they sang about were.

In an interview back in 1970 Karen Lafferty said the song was written when she was on very little income (Full interview) She literally could not find what to eat or drink or what to wear. It isn’t a case of everything is going to be alright. Bob Marley got it wrong,

The point Jesus was making is not that everything will be alright, but that no matter how bad it looks God is in control. God can be trusted. Jesus never promised that life would be good, persecution is a reality to many of his followers, but that God is in control. Trust in God. Out of having nothing and not knowing where help was coming from came a song of praise.

Bur it is more than seeking God. The Kingdom of God has a moral aspect. Feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, visit the sick and those in prison. These are the values of the kingdom of God. This is what we should be doing. God’s kingdom is about bringing in the good news to all. If that makes us unpopular with those with vested interests then let it be so.

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Words of Jesus from Matthew 25:34-46.


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